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India downed by a black Kiwi event

World Cup favourites India ousted by New Zealand’s unexpected performance.

ET Bureau|
Updated: Jul 11, 2019, 11.05 AM IST
For those into risk analysis and birds, New Zealand was always going to be a tough customer as a harbinger of a ‘black swan’, or an event that comes as a surprise — and as this editorial amply provides an example of — an event that is rationalised in hindsight. India’s succumbing to a ‘black kiwi’ moment at Old Trafford, Manchester, and being eased out of the Cricket World Cup, is one such ‘black swan’ event Indian fans are having to deal with and gulp down.

India’s hold on the game of cricket and the tournament of the World Cup notwithstanding, New Zealand was always capable of creating this mega-upset. Kiwi captain Kane Williamson’s workmanlike knock of 67 off 95 may not have been as precious as it turned out to be if India was allowed to be India in terms of its batting prowess during their innings. But a rain-induced one-day interval later, and with a very gettable yet tricky run chase, New Zealand bowlers Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner quickly clipped the Indian batting order and then hobbled it down to clever, choke-bowling. India is out of the World Cup. Which means for the most part of it, we will now find cricket enthusiasts, as opposed to simply India fan(atic)s, take the seat to watch the final on Sunday. Celebrating the game without mixing it up with the nation is rare at World Cups, though.
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